Archive for March, 2006

Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

For two days at a hotel ballroom in Washington D.C., a couple hundred Religious Right activists gathered to yet again bemoan American politics and popular culture and their place in it.

The adage that the country is going “to hell in a hand-basket” was literally and figuratively employed throughout the conference, dubbed “The War On Christians and The Values […] Read More

Religious Right Research, Religious Symbols on Public Property

Since taking office, President George W. Bush has waged an aggressive campaign to funnel increasingly large sums of public dollars to religious groups to offer social services of all kinds.

Today, The Washington Post reports that following an investigation of “faith-based” grants, it was evident that, “Millions of dollars in taxpayer funds have flowed to groups that support President […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality, Religious Right Research

Albuquerque businessman Mikey Weinstein yesterday announced the launch of a new non-profit group called the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF).

Weinstein’s son, Curtis, attends the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Curtis Weinstein reported incidents of anti-Semitism and official bias toward evangelical forms of Christianity to his father. While investigating the matter, Mikey Weinstein uncovered troubling evidence of a […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality

Despite fevered lobbying, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has failed again to convince the state’s legislature to amend the state constitution and gut its provision for church-state separation.

For several years now, Perdue has been pressuring lawmakers to approve a proposal that would allow for public funding of religious work. The amendment is needed, he says, because Georgia’s Constitution states, “No […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality, Religion in Public Schools

The Maryland General Assembly has been considering a proposal that would amend the state’s constitution to bar same-sex marriages. The measure was rejected in the House, but is being discussed in the Senate.

Earlier this month, a debate in a Senate committee showcased what has been obvious about this issue since its inception – the primary force behind this effort […] Read More

Church Politicking, Religious Right Research

In a conservative church, being asked if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior is to be expected. But in political discourse, the question is more than a little jarring.

The issue of “religious tests” for public office recently came to a head in Kentucky, where Jeff Sharp, county attorney for Barren County, is working with a church […] Read More

Religion in Public Life

The Bush administration’s desire to turn more and more government responsibility over to houses of worship — along with lots of tax dollars — appears to be insatiable.

Yesterday, The Washington Post reported that President George W. Bush ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create a “faith-based” office within its already gigantic department. The purpose of the new […] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

In the heart of the Bible Belt, a few Missouri state lawmakers are trying to give Christianity a measure of government approval and protection. House Concurrent Resolution No. 13, introduced by State Rep. David Sater (R), claims America’s Founding Fathers “recognized a Christian God” and established the nation on that God’s principles.

Furthermore, the resolution states that the Missouri […] Read More

Freedom of Religion, Religious Right Research

Religious Right activists are trying to defend Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s thank-you note to James C. Dobson by minimizing the missive’s political importance and dubbing it a small matter of religious devotion and good etiquette.

“He simply wrote asking me to thank those who prayed for strength and wisdom during the past few months,” said Dobson, founder of the […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

A federal court in Virginia has refused to buy into the arguments of a public school teacher that his rights were violated when the principal removed posters with religious messages from his classroom bulletin board.

The 35-page opinion from U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith relied on decades-old precedent that says public schools are not wide-open public forums and […] Read More